Summer learning, reimagined.

Boston Beyond facilitates a unique summer learning network for Boston kids. Each summer, students participate in skill-rich learning in parks and museums, on college campuses, and other real-world settings in every corner of the city. Our evidence-based approach has replaced traditional summer school for the Boston Public Schools and is being adapted across the state and country.

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Boston Beyond’s network operates hundreds of high-quality, free and low-cost summer programs each year. Browse network offerings and discover the right program for your child or teen.


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ACEDONE

Program Details

ACEDONE SLA program is a truly unique and impactful program that offers young students the opportunity to develop critical skills such as critical thinking, communication, and creativity etc. What sets our program apart is that we hire young staff who themselves have gone through the program, providing an authentic and relatable experience for our students. Additionally, our program is 100% free and includes fun and active field trips, making it accessible and enjoyable for all students for the feel of the in class and out of class experience.
We are committed to providing a comprehensive and enriching experience, offering six enrichment courses that cover a range of subjects such as STEM, Leadership, Culture, Art, Performance Art/Media, Fitness/Wellness. Our staff are well-trained and prioritize helping students develop their social and emotional skills, recognizing the importance of both academic and personal growth.
Overall, the ACEDONE SLA program offers a unique and valuable experience for young students, providing a supportive and engaging learning environment that encourages growth and development in all areas of their lives.

40 Smith St, Roxbury, MA, 02120
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Self-Regulation, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity

Achieve

Program Details

At this program, students will have a chance to experience academic success while building meaningful, long-lasting relationships. We make a ten year relationship to families, which allows us to get to know each of our students well and guide them in their journey from adolescence through young adulthood. We don’t look for the most polished student but for the student who is motivated. We have a low student to teacher ratio that allows for individualized attention and students in each of our cohorts get to know each other well. It is also really important to us that students have a joyful experience at Achieve.

10 Campus Dr, Dedham, MA, 02026
07/05/2023 - 08/09/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance

Grades Served:

7, 8, 9

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness

Afrimerican Academy

Program Details

At this program students will have a chance to learn in a project based learning environment, working on social media development projects on a variety of interdisciplinary topics. With supports that include teachers, mentors, mentor organizations & engaging field trips, we aim to provide opportunities for students to earn in teams while developing their presentation skills & networking.

75 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA, 02120
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Growth Mindset, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity

After School Arts Program

Program Details

What makes ASAP unique is our approach with a trauma informed lens. We offer, as an option Creative Arts Therapy, and licensed Expressive Arts Therapists to join our workshops. Writing is therapeutic, and can be triggering — so we approach each cohort with sensitivity and provide the tools needed for young people to express themselves.
This summer, ASAP is integrating Math and ELA with the unique lens of filmmaking, enhancing the math experience by introducing film budgeting, line producing and accounting. In addition to bringing in top producers and actors to facilitate classes on each aspect of film production (Directing, Director of Photography, Producing, Acting and Writing).

Students will get the chance to see how everyday skills, and academics can be a creative and artful experience leading to careers in the arts and film industries. We have also integrated S.T.E.A.M into our SY23 program and will continue on this summer with building out an animation as a final summer project, which began this school year.

174 Ipswich St, Boston, MA, 02215
07/10/2023 - 08/25/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Grades Served:

8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Arts, College Career Readiness, Cultural Identity

Agassiz Village Summer Camp

Program Details

Agassiz Village social-emotional leadership summer camp model is unique, as it is rare to find summer camp programs with intentional, social-emotional curriculum models. We create a welcoming environment, allowing youth to escape from their current situations and explore new skills and activities in our beautiful 330-acre lakefront overnight summer camp in Poland, Maine. We believe that embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion as organizational values is key.

71 Agassiz Village Rd, Poland, ME, 04274
07/02/2023 - 08/10/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication

Grades Served:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Camp

Alighieri Dante Montessori School

Program Details

Build academic skills while engaging with community partners.

37 Gove St, East Boston, MA, 02128
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Social Awareness & Relationships, Teamwork

Grades Served:

3, 4, 5, 6

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to engage socially with their peers, encouraged and guided by our teen leadership counselors to build and foster healthy interpersonal skills. Students will also have the chance to learn new physical skills through our various daily physical actives such as dance, basketball, yoga, kickball, obstacle courses.

ADSL’s access to 5.7 acres of outdoor space, in the heart of Dorchester, truly makes ADSL different. Located just minutes from Fields Corner Station, ADSL is uniquely positioned to uplift and impact youth from many areas. Our outdoor space has allowed ADSL to not just be a leader in sports but in community engagement, activism, and healing.

Our trauma-informed, youth, family, community-first approach uses trained and dedicated coaches, volunteers, and staff who live in the community and proactively engage with guardians, students, and family liaisons. ADSL is a long-term engagement organization (1-3 years) and builds lasting relationships that carry over season after season, from program to program. Cultivating a strong community of support, learning, and positive development. This program works to support youth who are often disconnected or come from areas with high levels of violence. 58% of ADSL participants are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), our participants identify as Caucasian 42%, Hispanic 35%, African American 15%, Asian 3% Haitian 2%, Cape Verdean 2%, Vietnamese 2%, Other 4%

1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA, 02122
07/05/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Perseverance

Grades Served:

K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Program Topics:

Sports

Apprentice Learning

Program Details

Students will get exposed to a variety of careers where tactile learning will excel by visiting worksites. Students will have a chance to practice what they have learned through hands-on learning experiences and projects. Students will create a blueprint project and have artifacts of their learning experiences.

138 Tremont St, Boston, MA, 02111
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships

Grades Served:

9

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, Literacy

Arnold Arboretum

Program Details

At this program, students will be immersed each day in an outdoor setting with diverse habitats that are ideal for ecosystem study. Students will learn basic horticultural and research skills from Arboretum staff and researchers, and will also meet BIPOC professionals in the life sciences and horticulture. We aim to have BIPOC staff and teachers to provide role models for the students. We plan to have students who become ?hooked? on science in the outdoors return next summer for a deepened experience.

125 Arborway, Boston, MA, 02130
07/05/2023 - 08/02/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Communication, Teamwork, Critical Thinking

Grades Served:

7, 8, 9

Program Topics:

STEM, Outdoor Exploration

Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK)

Program Details

ARCK differentiates itself from other organizations because we go beyond STEM and STEAM skills by using the arts as a vehicle to build students? wellbeing, creative mindset, and ability to become innovative and compassionate advocates ? all of which are necessary for success in our modern world. At this program, students will have a chance to explore creative material and techniques with the ultimate goal of implementing a creative project that will have a positive impact in their own immediate community or the world at large. Our curriculum takes students on 3 Learning Journeys to build self-awareness, community, and action. Student projects will be aligned with the fundamentals questions of, ?Who am I??, ?Who are we??, and ?What will we do??

270 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA, 02121
07/10/2023 - 08/10/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity

Grades Served:

1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Arts

Asian Community Development Corporation

Program Details

In our program, students will have the chance to develop a creative project with their team, participate in skill development and bonding, and meet other High School aged youth from across the Greater Boston Area.

A-VOYCE grounds the program in Boston Chinatown?s built environment and its history, serving as a marker for connecting and reconnecting young people to the neighborhood.
Our program is also unique in that we work together with local artists, engage with residents, and collaborate with community partners on creative and practical anti-displacement projects.

38 Oak St, Boston, MA, 02111
07/05/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Cultural Identity

Baldwin Early Learning Pilot Academy

Program Details

Children are entitled to equal opportunity to participate in the summer program. In addition to having fun, students will develop new skills, gain hands-on experience during the summer curriculum, and explore their interests. Our program will help children develop important social, emotional and cognitive skills. Best of all, our program will help kids create memories that will last a lifetime.

40 Armington St, Allston, MA, 02134
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Self-Regulation, Perseverance

Grades Served:

K0, K1, K2, 1

Beantown Panthers

Program Details

At this program, students will have the chance to improve basketball skills and social emotional skills that will assist them with self advocacy and emotional regulation.

144 McBride St, Boston, MA, 02130
07/10/2023 - 08/11/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking

Grades Served:

5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Program Topics:

College Career Readiness, Sports

Beat the Odds

Program Details

Beat The Odds is a unique program because we address mental health awareness and trauma through our empowerment groups and we are able to keep our youth engaged because we provide them with the opportunity to record in top of the line recording studios, and help guide them through their form of creativity.

960 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, 02118
07/01/2023 - 09/01/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication

Grades Served:

9, 10, 11, 12, Alternative Education

Beat the Streets New England

Program Details

Why this Mentorship Program is Important:
While we have continued to be the example of how trauma-informed mentoring is delivered to our youth, there are still so many more levels of support to meet the needs of our youth, specifically the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community. Not only do some of our youths identify as BIPOC LGBTQ+. With that in mind, BTSNE wants to make a concentrated effort toward providing programming that is specific to the BIPOC LGBTQ+community, such as education, mentorship, and helpful resources.

Additionally, as stated by the National Mentorship Resource Center (NMRC), ?Mentoring relationships have the potential to serve an important role for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC) youth, but research suggests this population is currently underserved by the mentoring field.?

For this reason, BTSNE felt it was important to put resources into mentorship for members of our BIPOC LGBTQ+ community.

Goals of Programing
To foster mentoring relationships between wrestlers and faculty/staff/trainees that will offer support, guidance, and resources to BIPOC LGBTQ+ Wrestlers
To provide support for students who are in the process of coming out, or who feel they are currently to come out in their personal, academic, or professional lives
To expose students to the diverse professional lives and opportunities of queer members of the BTSNE community
To provide helpful resources to students as they explore issues related to professional development
To help connect students to the larger BIPOC LGBTQ+ Wrestling Community, both at BTSNE and the Greater Boston Area
To provide mentors an opportunity to help students develop outside of the classroom and other formal BTSNE Events
Learning Outcomes:
Develop a stronger sense of their sexual identity, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
Make substantial progress on their academic goals
Accomplish at least two personal goals while in the program
Be able to identify at least two NEW LGBTQ+ supportive people or resources at in Boston by the end of the academic year
Leveraging mentoring to nurture the 4Cs?conversation, connection, community, and culture?can create an increased sense of belonging in employees, thus building social capital.

100a Warren St, Boston, MA, 02119
07/05/2023 - 08/26/2023

ACT Skills Developed:

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Social Awareness & Relationships, Communication, Teamwork, Growth Mindset, Self-Regulation, Perseverance, Self-Efficacy

Grades Served:

K2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Topics:

Sports

Summer Matters

Research shows that a large part of the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their peers can be explained by unequal access to summer opportunities.

High-quality summer learning programs can reverse summer learning loss while teaching skills that directly impact student achievement.

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In Boston, high-attending summer students gained an advantage equivalent to 25% of a school year in math and literacy—at two-thirds the cost.

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FAQs

If your child is enrolled in a school that located in the city of Boston or attends a METCO program, they are likely eligible for one or more of our network’s programs. Individual program eligibility requirements vary, so you should check the individual websites of programs that match your needs.

All summer programs in the Boston Beyond network are free or low-cost to students and their families. These high-quality programs are paid for through public funds and grants to ensure open access to children from all economic backgrounds.

Each program operates its own application process. Search the database above and then visit the websites of the programs that interest you to sign up.